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NFL Spreads: Heavy Favorites Bound to Disappoint in Week 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on after getting knocked down against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Shawn BrubakerContributor IISeptember 15, 2012

With so many good games to watch this weekend, games like Arizona vs. New England might fly under the radar. They shouldn't, though, as many of these presumed blowouts should be much closer than the Vegas odds indicate. 

These heavy favorites are bound to disappoint in Week 2. All odds are from Covers.com. 

 

New England Patriots by 13.5

After dominating the Titans last week, the Patriots are heavily favored over the visiting Arizona Cardinals. To be sure, there are a lot of reasons to favor the Patriots.

First, western teams historically struggle when traveling to the East. Second, the Patriots have Tom Brady while the Cardinals have John Skelton or Kevin Kolb. Finally, the Patriots revitalized defense should overwhelm the Cardinals offense.

These overwhelming odds forget, though, that the Cardinals are a solid football team in their own right.

Last season, the Cardinals traveled to Baltimore and played the Ravens to the brink, ultimately losing by a field goal. Expect a similar performance against the Patriots.

The Cardinals have a tough defense with some extremely talented players. They are capable of making big plays on a regular basis. Calais Campbell in particular is a matchup nightmare who should leave a big imprint on this game.

To be sure, the Patriots should win this football game, but the Cardinals can keep this a low scoring affair. Expect this to be a competitive game that the Patriots ultimately win by a score.

 

Cincinnati Bengals by 7

The Bengals will definitely beat the Cleveland Browns this week, make no mistake. The Browns are a historically bad team on offense, which should virtually guarantee a Bengals victory.

People forget, though, that the Browns have a swarming and talented defense. They excel at stopping the pass and creating turnovers. Andy Dalton is not shy about testing a defense, so the Browns could make him pay for some risky throws.

Even if Brandon Weeden struggles again, the Browns have proven they can slow down a good offense. The Bengals have less talent than the Eagles, so this should be an even lower scoring affair.

Expect at least one defensive touchdown in this game as the defenses dominate this game. The Bengals should win in a boring, but close game.

 

New York Giants by 7

The New York Giants are playing a young, hungry and talented Buccaneers squad at home. They very well might be looking past the Buccaneers, but they definitely shouldn't be.

Josh Freeman should toss rainbows all day against the Giants' porous secondary. Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson are both more than talented enough to make some big plays that will keep the Bucs in this game.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers defense isn't very good, but it should be able to make the Giants one-dimensional. Even with a solid performance from Ahmad Bradshaw last week, the Giants eventually became reliant on the pass. Expect more of the same against Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers have a very real chance to win this game. The odds don't reflect this, so expect the Giants to disappoint.


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